fab·​ri·​cate | \ ˈfa-bri-ˌkāt How to pronounce fabricate (audio) \
fabricated; fabricating

Definition of fabricate

transitive verb

b : to make up for the purpose of deception accused of fabricating evidence
2 : construct, manufacture specifically : to construct from diverse and usually standardized parts Their plan is to fabricate the house out of synthetic parts.

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Other Words from fabricate

fabricator \ ˈfa-​bri-​ˌkā-​tər How to pronounce fabricator (audio) \ noun

Examples of fabricate in a Sentence

Only the largest parts were fabricated at the factory. Their plan is to fabricate the house out of synthetic materials. a story fabricated to sell magazines She was accused of fabricating data.
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Recent Examples on the Web The strange turn of events baffled police and transfixed armchair crime-watchers who accused Papini of fabricating the abduction. Christine Pelisek, PEOPLE.com, "Sherri Papini Investigation Still Open More Than 3 Years After Calif. Mom's Alleged Abduction," 24 Dec. 2019 On Monday, Geng Shuang, a spokesperson at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, accused Humphrey of fabricating the article, and said no foreigner has been put into forced labor at that particular prison. Michelle Toh, CNN, "Tesco's Chinese Christmas card maker denies using forced prison labor," 23 Dec. 2019 He was accused of fabricating a story about being a doctor to administer pelvic exams with other students, including friends of his girlfriend, according to court documents. London Douglas, Houston Chronicle, "Houston man accused of posing as a doctor found guilty of possession of child porn in Vermont," 27 Nov. 2019 Mina Chang, the State Department staffer accused of fabricating her resume, resigned from her position as deputy assistant secretary in the State Department’s Bureau of Conflict and Stability Operations. Kristen Bellstrom, Fortune, "Catching Up With Female Leaders at Fortune Global Forum," 19 Nov. 2019 The following June, the legal drama escalated when Roc Nation filed a new lawsuit that accused Iconix of fabricating financial reports during negotiations with the company. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "Jay-Z's Roc Nation Gets Iconix Brand Group Lawsuit Dismissed," 19 Nov. 2019 One of the nutrients many tumors need in abundance is the amino acid glutamine, which provides the building blocks for fabricating molecules such as DNA, proteins, and lipids. Mitch Leslie, Science | AAAS, "Revamped cancer drug starves tumors in mice," 7 Nov. 2019 The conspiracy theorist claimed in his blog and book that the massacre never happened and accused the father of fabricating a death certificate. Krista Kafer, The Denver Post, "Kafer: The internet has changed our lives for the better too," 25 Oct. 2019 The texter accused the artist of fabricating her account of the 2017 incident for cash. Robert Klemko, SI.com, "Antonio Brown Accuser Says He Sent Her ‘Intimidating’ Text Messages After SI’s Story," 19 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of fabricate

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for fabricate

Middle English fabricaten, borrowed from Latin fabricātus, past participle of fabricāre, fabricārī "to fashion, shape, construct," derivative of fabrica "process of making something, craft, art" — more at fabric

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The first known use of fabricate was in the 15th century

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26 Jan 2020

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“Fabricate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fabricate. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of fabricate

: to make or build (something)
: to create or make up (something, such as a story) in order to trick people


fab·​ri·​cate | \ ˈfa-brə-ˌkāt How to pronounce fabricate (audio) \
fabricated; fabricating

Legal Definition of fabricate

transitive verb

: to make up (as testimony) with an intent to deceive

intransitive verb

: to make something up with an intent to deceive there was a motive to fabricate— Gary Taylor

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